Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens


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Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Overview

The Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens is a versatile wide-angle prime lens designed for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless EOS R series cameras. Weighing only 270g, this compact and lightweight lens combines a useful wide-angle field of view with close focusing abilities and a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, making it a great do-it-all lens for landscapes, architecture, interiors, vlogging, and unique close-up shots.

The fast f/1.8 aperture enables shooting in low light, allows good background blur for portraits, and delivers excellent sharpness even when wide open. The built-in 5-stop optical image stabilisation provides up to 6.5 stops of stabilisation when paired with a stabilised EOS R camera, benefiting both stills and video shooting. A stepping motor focuses quickly, smoothly and quietly for both photographs and video recording.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0.14m and 0.5x maximum magnification, the lens can focus very closely. This, combined with the wide 24mm field of view, allows for creative framing that shows small subjects large while keeping their surroundings in context. A separate control ring and manual focus ring provide intuitive handling, allowing adjusting of settings without taking your eye from the viewfinder.

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM is a versatile wide-angle prime lens perfect for landscapes, architecture, interiors, vlogging and uniquely framed close-up macro shots. Its bright aperture, close focusing abilities, compact size and affordability make it a smart choice for those starting.

Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Key Features:

  • Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • Built-in 5-stop optical image stabilisation
  • Stepping motor AF drive
  • The minimum focus distance of 0.14m
  • 0.5x maximum magnification
  • Customisable control ring
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Compatible with EOS R series cameras
  • Affordable wide-angle prime

Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens User Benefits:

  • Shoot in low-light conditions
  • Capture sharp images handheld and stabilised video
  • Smooth, fast, and quiet autofocus
  • Get creative with uniquely framed close-ups
  • Blur backgrounds for selective focus
  • Intuitively adjust settings while shooting
  • Comfortably carry the lens all-day
  • Take advantage of the latest RF mount technology
  • Economical option for landscapes and vlogging

Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Features In Detail

Bright f/1.8 Maximum Aperture

The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture enables shooting in low-light situations where slower lenses would struggle. It allows using faster shutter speeds to capture sharp images handheld as well as enabling greater control over depth of field for selective focus. When paired with the EOS R series cameras, it makes this small lens a versatile option for available light photography.

Built-in 5-stop Image Stabilisation

The effective image stabilisation provides up to 5 stops of compensation to counteract camera shake. This allows sharp handheld shooting at slower shutter speeds, especially useful in low light. When paired with a stabilised EOS R series camera body, this increases to 6.5 stops of stabilisation, bringing even more flexibility for low-light photography and stable video recording while walking or in motion.

Close-Focusing Macro Abilities

A minimum focus distance of 0.14m paired with a 0.5x magnification ratio allows for creative close-up shots. Unique perspectives are possible, with the ability to focus very near to small subjects yet still include their surroundings in the context of the 24mm wide angle field of view. This combines flexibility for macro work with landscape and architectural photography.

Stepper Motor Autofocus

The quiet stepper motor (STM) autofocus drive allows smooth and fast autofocus that is also quiet, making this lens equally at home whether shooting stills or video. Touch and drag AF further enhances intuitively setting the focus point when composing images on the rear screen. Focus breathing is also minimal, maintaining the angle of view while racking focus.

Compact, Lightweight Design

Weighing just 270 grams, the Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM lens features an elegant design with modern styling. Small in size, it is easy to pack in any kit bag and carry all day for city breaks or landscape photography trips without adding noticeable bulk. The streamlined design also balances well on the EOS R series camera bodies.

Customisable Control Ring

The programmable control ring can be set to adjust different settings like aperture, ISO or exposure compensation, providing intuitive fingertip access while shooting. Visual aids in the viewfinder or on the rear LCD clearly show the current setting in use. This further aids quick operation without taking your eye off to adjust camera controls instead.

Optimised for RF Mount

Engineered specifically for use with Canon’s RF mount mirrorless cameras, the optical design takes advantage of the short flange back distance. This allowed the inclusion of an aspheric lens element that suppresses aberrations and delivers excellent sharpness across the frame – even when shooting wide open at f/1.8 or for close-ups. The bright f/1.8 aperture further adds to the versatility.

Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Compatibility

The Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens is compatible with the following Canon EOS R series mirrorless cameras:

Photography Styles For The Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens

  • Landscape Photography – The wide 24mm perspective captures sprawling natural vistas whilst close focus abilities get intimate with details like flowers and foliage. Image stabilisation aids sharp handheld shots of sweeping scenery too.
  • Architecture Photography – Wide angle minimises perspective distortion ideal for majestic interior and exterior architectural views, aided by f/1.8 aperture to maintain shutter speed in low indoor light.
  • Real Estate Photography – Expansive 24mm field of view ideal for prominently capturing entire rooms in cramped indoor spaces like apartments and houses whilst delivering sharp handheld results.
  • Food Photography – Get as close as 14cm to plates for appetising close-ups and use wide perspective to include restaurant ambience behind, whilst f/1.8 blurred backgrounds make dishes pop.
  • Video and Vlogging – Compact and stabilised lens you can take anywhere, with 24mm coverage well-suited for selfie shooting. Quiet STM AF maintains clear audio whilst optical stabilisation delivers smooth footage while walking or handheld.
  • Astrophotography – Wide field of view suited for capturing broad celestial views and bright aperture for gathering more light from night skies, enhanced with stabilisation to avoid star trails in long exposures.
  • Close-up and Macro Photography – Get up to 0.5x magnification for unique close-ups of details, miniatures or insects, using 24mm perspective to capture tiny subjects while including their surroundings.

Offering creative perspectives from fisheye-like wide angles to uniquely framed macro close-ups, the 24mm focal length combined with bright aperture, stabilisation and close focus abilities makes this compact prime a highly versatile lens across varied shooting genres.

What We Think Of The Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Review

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lens delivers impressive versatility and value for money in a compact package. The bright f/1.8 maximum aperture enables shooting in low light, offers background blur for subject isolation, and provides excellent sharpness – even wide open. Paired with effective image stabilisation up to 6.5 stops, this small prime lens will produce sharp handheld shots and steady video in dim conditions.

Autofocus is fast and quiet thanks to Canon’s STM technology, suitable for both stills and video recording. The macro focusing mode allows for uniquely framed close-ups, using the 24mm perspective to capture small subjects while keeping their surroundings in context. This sets it apart from standard macro lenses.

Build quality is robust although the lens lacks weather sealing at this price point. The streamlined design focuses on core functionality like the customisable control ring rather than an abundance of external controls. Optical performance is superb, including minimal distortion and sharp results across the frame.

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM hits a sweet spot of speed, unique close focusing abilities, lightweight, and wide-angle coverage at an affordable cost. Photographers and content creators looking to upgrade from a standard kit lens will appreciate the increased light-gathering abilities and creative perspective this compact prime lens provides.

What’s in the Box

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Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Specifications

Focal Length24mm
Aperture Rangef/1.8-22
Lens Construction11 elements in 9 groups
Special Lens Elements1 aspherical lens, 1 UD lens
Diaphragm Blades9, circular aperture
Minimum Focusing Distance0.14m / 0.46ft
Maximum Magnification0.5x (1:2)
Optical Image StabilizerYes, 5-stop CIPA rating
Filter Size52mm
Maximum Diameter x LengthApprox. 63.1 x 74.4mm
Weight270g / 9.52 oz
Focus MotorSTM (stepping motor)
Control RingsControl (customisable), Focus
Mount CompatibilityCanon RF mount
Special FeaturesMacro to 0.5x, Customizable control ring, Compact size

Canon RF 24mm f1.8 Macro IS STM Lens FAQ

What is the difference between the RF 24mm F/1.8 and the older EF 24mm f/2.8?

The RF 24mm lens is designed specifically for Canon’s newer mirrorless RF mount camera systems. It features a much faster f/1.8 aperture compared to the older f/2.8 maximum aperture, allowing better performance in low light. The RF lens also incorporates image stabilisation and has closer macro-focusing abilities.

Does this lens have image stabilisation?

Yes, the RF 24mm f/1.8 lens features Canon’s reliable optical image stabilisation that provides up to 5 stops of stabilisation according to CIPA testing standards. This helps capture sharp images handheld in low light. When paired with a stabilised Canon R series mirrorless body, stabilisation increases to 6.5 stops.

Is the macro mode useful on such a wide lens?

Yes! The ability to focus down to 0.5x or 1:2 magnification allows for uniquely framed close-up images. The 24mm perspective lets you show tiny subjects larger than life whilst still including their environmental context in the background. This expands shooting possibilities compared to standard macro lenses.

Does the lens have weather sealing?

No, the RF 24mm does not have weather or dust sealing like Canon L series lenses designed for professional use. However, it features a high-quality all-metal bayonet mount for durability and strength.

What accessories are available for this lens?

Optional accessories include the Canon ES-65B lens hood to minimize flare, 52mm filters such as polarizers and ND filters to manage light creatively, and the Canon Lens Pouch LP1016 for protective storage when not shooting.

About Canon
As one of the leading Canon retailers in the UK, Campkins Cameras is proud to offer an extensive range of Canon products to photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. Based in Cambridge, we have been serving the photographic community for over 50 years, providing expert advice, top-notch customer service, and an unrivalled selection of Canon cameras, lenses, and accessories. At Campkins Cameras, we understand the importance of having access to the latest and greatest in photographic technology. That's why we stock the full range of Canon mirrorless cameras, including the cutting-edge EOS R series. From the flagship R1 to the versatile EOS R, R3R5 and R6II, and the budget-friendly RPR8R7R100R10 and R50, we have the perfect Canon mirrorless camera to suit your needs and skill level. Of course, a camera is only as good as the lens you pair it with, which is why we also carry a comprehensive selection of Canon's RF-mount lenses and RF-S lenses. Whether you're a landscape photographer in need of a wide-angle zoom, a wildlife enthusiast seeking a powerful telephoto, or a portrait artist looking for the perfect prime, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right RF lens to take your photography to the next level. As a brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Cambridge, we offer a unique hands-on experience that online retailers simply can't match. Our customers can come in, speak with our friendly experts, and get a feel for the cameras and lenses they're interested in before making a purchase. We also offer a range of Canon-related services, including sensor cleaningcamera maintenance, and personalised tutoring to help you get the most out of your Canon gear. But don't worry if you're not local to Cambridge – we also have a strong online presence and ship throughout the UK. Our website is regularly updated with the latest Canon products and special offers, and our online support team is always ready to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your photographic purchases. So whether you're a professional or an amateur, a Cambridge local or a photographer from further afield, Campkins Cameras is your go-to destination for all things Canon. Trust us to provide you with the best products, the most knowledgeable advice, and the highest level of service as you explore the exciting world of Canon photography. Immerse yourself in the world of photography with Canon, a global leader in imaging technology and innovation. With a rich history spanning over 80 years, Canon has been at the forefront of the camera industry, consistently delivering high-quality, cutting-edge products that empower photographers and filmmakers to bring their creative visions to life. From the best cameras for beginners to the best mirrorless cameras for professionals, Canon offers a comprehensive range of cameras and lenses to suit every skill level and shooting style.
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Weight 270 g
Dimensions 74.4 × 63.1 mm
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